June 13, 2014

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that persons with lower blood levels of vitamin D were twice as likely to die prematurely as people with higher blood levels of vitamin D.

June 13, 2014

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on Thursday announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware finding Bristol-Myers Squibb's entecavir compound claim of U.S. Patent No. 5,206,244 invalid.

June 12, 2014

Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, a specialty biopharmaceutical company, on Wednesday announced that it has partnered with Prasco to debut the authorized generic form of Testim gel, which is used to treat adult males with low or no testosterone.

June 12, 2014

Carex Health Brands on Thursday introduced AccuRelief Pain Relief Systems, a line of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy FDA–approved for full-body, over–the–counter use.

June 12, 2014

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International announced that its subsidiary, Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America, received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its new drug application for Jublia (efinaconazole 10% topical solution). The drug is the first topical triazole approved for the treatment of onychomycosis of the toenails, the company said.

June 12, 2014

iHealth Lab on Thursday announced the launch of the iHealth Align, one of the world's smallest, FDA-approved mobile blood-glucose monitors, the company stated.

June 12, 2014

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday advanced bipartisan legislation sponsored by full committee vice chair Marsha Blackburn to address the nation’s growing prescription drug abuse epidemic.

June 12, 2014

A study published Wednesday on JAMA's website found that diabetes patients taking metformin had a higher risk of all-cause death when insulin was added to their treatment as compared to when sulfonylureas were added to treatment.

June 11, 2014

Mylan on Wednesday announced the launch of risedronate sodium tablets USP, 150 mg. The drug is the generic version of Actonel tablets from Warner Chilcott and is used for the treatment of osteoporosis in post-menopausal women, according to the company.

June 11, 2014

Advanced Care Scripts, a division of Omnicare Specialty Care Group, on Wednesday announced that it has been added to the limited-distribution network for Celgene's Otezla (apremilast).

June 11, 2014

More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

June 11, 2014

Strativa Pharmaceutical, a division of Par Pharmaceutical Cos., announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved Nascobal, a prescription B-12 supplement administered once a week as one spray.

June 11, 2014

QS/1, a complete healthcare automation solutions provider, on Tuesday announced it is partnering with VUCA Health to offer on-demand prescription-specific videos, as well as other services to engage patients and strengthen customer relationships.

June 11, 2014

The National Center for Health Statistics released a report finding that married men were more likely than not-married men to have had a healthcare visit within the past 12 months.

June 11, 2014

The West Virginia Retailers Association on Tuesday issued testimony that the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) works in curbing the diversion of pseudoephedrine into methemphetamine.

June 10, 2014

Canada’s Federal court ruled recently that the country’s Patented Medicine Prices Review Board – a federal tribunal that regulates pricing on branded medicines – could not extend price control measures to cover generic drug companies.

June 10, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration last week published an interim final rule to further safeguard the health of infants fed infant formula in the United States.

June 10, 2014

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week announced an agreement between New York State and GW Pharmaceuticals to develop clinical trials using an active ingredient derived from the marijuana plant to help treat children diagnosed with epilepsy who suffer from seizures and other medical complications.

June 10, 2014

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Monday signed executive order 2014-04K authorizing licensed pharmacists to administer the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine to individuals 18 years and older in order to provide those adults who have not yet received this vaccination with additional opportunities to obtain the MMR vaccine.

June 9, 2014

Dr. Robynne Chutkan is the founder of the Digestive Center for Women, an integrative gastroenterology practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She’s on the faculty at Georgetown Hospital, a former board member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), and the author of “Gutbliss: A 10-Day Plan to Ban Bloat, Flush Toxins, and Dump Your Digestive Baggage.”

June 9, 2014

BioDelivery Sciences International on Monday announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved its new drug application for Bunavail (buprenorphine and naloxone) buccal film (CIII).

June 9, 2014

Teva on Monday announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved an expanded label for Azilect (rasagiline tablets) from monotherapy and adjunct to levodopa to now include dopamine agonists.

June 9, 2014

A recently approved drug might make infusions for hemophiliacs fewer and further between. The Food and Drug Administration approved Biogen Idec's Eloctate, which clinical trials have shown works to treat bleeding episodes and to increase the time between prophylactic blood infusions for those with hemophilia A.

June 9, 2014

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology last week issued a policy paper, "A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure," which outlines the government's pledge to support interoperable electronic health records to most Americans.